U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham was named the 2016 Friend of Education by the Louisiana State organization of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. The award recipient was announced during the 82nd Annual State Convention held in Bossier City in March. Members from the state selection committee and the nominating chapter met with Abraham in his district office in Monroe to present the award.
Abraham, whose district covers 24 parishes, was nominated by the Ruston chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. In the nomination packet, the chapter commended Abraham for the character, integrity, hard work and dedication he has exhibited through his professional and community service and in his first year as a U.S. House of Representatives member.
During his first year, he has visited campuses and communities throughout the district to learn more about key education issues and their contributions to local, state, and national initiatives. He has spoken to students and faculty about the importance of hard work, education, and leadership. Further, Abraham’s positions on House committees ensure that students and educational institutions in his district are well represented. His advocacy efforts on issues related to education are appreciated.
The Friend of Education Award was created in 2011 to recognize a legislator who is a proponent of education and one who supports teachers and students. Nominations for the Friend of Education award are accepted annually in January. The award recipient is named in March. Nominees must be a Louisiana Legislator at the local, parish, state or national level.